Play a Supporting Role: The Gondoliers

For more info and to donate by phone, contact:

Grace Lyon
Patrons Manager

0141 242 0594

Contact Fundraising

We’re going to town with our spectacular new production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers. Funny, quirky and unashamedly beautiful – it’s an injection of pure sunshine with a surprise around every corner. Director Stuart Maunder (State Opera South Australia) and award-winning designer Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016) have chosen the 18th century as their setting, but their eclectic inspirations range from the magic of Pollock’s Victorian toy theatres to the madcap humour of Monty Python

With an all-singing, all-dancing cast of 46, each with exquisitely detailed costumes, an array of props that are never quite what they seem, and a gorgeous set that will transport audiences to Venice’s Grand Canal, it’s an exciting undertaking.

We need your help. A show of this scale needs a huge amount of preparation and skill to bring it to life. The artisans in our workshops are already hard at work  it’s a real team effort, and you can be part of it. Lend your support to a character, costume, prop or piece of music today and help us bring this show-stopping production to the stage across Scotland and beyond. As a thank you for your support, you'll get your name in the The Gondoliers programme, invitations to buy tickets to special behind-the-scenes events with the cast and creative team, and a limited edition memento of the production.

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Costume sketch by Belinda Clisham


Kelvin Guy - Head Scenic Artist

One of the hugely talented people making The Gondoliers happen, Kelvin is one of a kind. He is a hugely respected scenic artist –  a true master of his craft. For over 30 years Kelvin has been hand-painting the large cloth backdrops that you see in Scottish Opera productions. This includes the huge 12m by 9m backdrop for The Gondoliers, based on original Canaletto paintings of Venice's Grand Canal. This video was made in 2014, while he was working on Renaud Doucet and André Barbe's Don Pasquale .